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Water damage shuts down children's library in Wallingford

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The children's library in Wallingford closed because of frozen pipes and heavy water damage. (WFSB) The children's library in Wallingford closed because of frozen pipes and heavy water damage. (WFSB)
WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Many homes and businesses have been impacted by the freezing temperatures over the weekend, like the Wallingford Children’s Library.

The library closed because of frozen pipes and heavy water damage.

More than 12,000 books were damaged, but thankfully not everything was ruined.

"So when this froze and the water gushed over it, seeped and affected this entire room,” said Sunnie Scarpa, who heads the library’s Children’s Services.

On Tuesday, the Saldamarco children were off from school, and the library is the perfect place to go on a rainy day, but they were turned away because of the burst pipe in the ceiling.

The pipe burst on Sunday, and sent water everywhere.

Wet books, cushions, and moldy air will keep the preschool area closed for a while, but fortunately there are some books and videos that were not damaged.

"Anything that was checked in after the accident, we will set up so that we will have something to offer to our families,” Scarpa said.

On a positive note, the library has received an outpouring of calls from schools and parent organizations offering to buy new books.

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